And they don't bode well for Hope & Change, at least not of the kind I had in mind. The violent video I posted showing bigots in Orange County heckling and threatening Muslim families was terrible enough. But more awful news keeps dribbling out on the front pages of the newspapers and TV headlines. Some news items lead me to believe that President Obama has decided to coast for the rest of his term, resting on his corporate-friendly laurels and breaking his trust with those who had hoped that he would right some of the civil rights wrongs perpetuated by Bush-Cheney in the name of national security. Of course, Republicans are on a roll in the meanwhile with minority bashing, union busting, anti-abortion measures and other efforts to harm lower and middle class citizens that are dear to their hearts. Here are some of the things that have been bothering me.
1. Congressman Peter King's (R-NY) upcoming investigation of "Muslims" raises all sorts of red flags. Where is he going with this exactly? Is this going to be a legitimate effort to unearth radical terrorist agenda among some Muslims or is it going to be an exercise in creating a cloud of suspicion of Fifth Column tendencies around an entire community? It has been done before. (link: Leiter Reports) Also, it appears that Rep King likes to pick and choose his terrorists depending on who and what their allegiances are.
2. Should Abu Ghraib type treatment of prisoners be tolerated in the US? What happened to due process?
3. Didn't Obama promise the dismantling of the Guantanamo Bay prison facility during his presidential campaign?
4. Why are women being excluded from the reform process in Egypt after the successful revolution in which they were equal participants?